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When 15 Minutes Lasts 3 Months

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 17, 2006 6:20PM


Few artists inspire as much delight and wrath from even the most casual art observer as Andy Warhol. You love/hate how he made accessible/denigrated his work by putting it on soup cans, how his 8-hour shot of the Empire State Building blew your mind/messed with your mind, how he took silver balloons and made them art, how he captured Marilyn Monroe’s essence over and over again.

Starting this weekend, the MCA exhibits many shades of Marilyn for your viewing pleasure/bewilderment. Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths, and Disasters, 1962-1964 showcases Warhol’s multiple reproductions of celebrity portraits as prescient commentary for our delicious/rancid current celebrity-obsessed culture. That means lots of Marilyn, Elvis, and Liz Taylor images; rubbernecking-worthy scenes; and short films about fame and the longing to become famous.

warholmonroe.jpgTonight’s opening party is an escape from St. Patty’s Day hoopla/somehow a fitting tribute to that holiday’s excesses, a chance to enjoy a cultured happy hour, party with a group as sexy/bizarre looking as you, and munch on hors d'oeuvres prepared by the brilliant/overrated Wolfgang Puck. We’re sure you’ll enjoy/whine about it.

Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths, and Disasters, 1962-1964 opens tonight and runs through June 18 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 East Chicago Ave. Tonight’s party, from 6-9 pm, is free for members, $14 for non-members. More information at 312-280-2660.

Images via the Warhol Museum and Postershop.